A bawling baby.
An example of bawl is to sob loudly upon hearing bad news.
- to shout or call out noisily; bellow; yell
- to weep and wail loudly
Origin of bawlMiddle English baulen (found only in gerund, gerundive ) from Medieval Latin baulare, to bark and uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Norse baula, to low like a cow; both of echoic origin, originally
- an outcry; bellow
- a noisy weeping
- to shout or call out
- Slang to scold angrily
verbbawled, bawl·ing, bawls
- To cry or sob loudly; wail. See Synonyms at cry.
- To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
Origin of bawlMiddle English bawlen to bark from Medieval Latin baulāre to bark ( probably of Scandinavian origin ) or from Old Norse baula to low ( of imitative origin )
(third-person singular simple present bawls, present participle bawling, simple past and past participle bawled)
From Middle English bawlen, from Old Norse baula (“to low”) and/or Medieval Latin baulō (“bark”, verb), both from Proto-Germanic *bau- (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bau- (“to bark”), conflated with Proto-Germanic *bellaną, *ballijaną, *buljaną (“to shout, low, roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to sound, roar”). Cognate with Icelandic baula (“to moo, low”), Swedish böla (“to bellow, low”). More at bell.